Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3340: Factory Engraved Marlin Ballard No. 6 1/2 Rigby Off Hand Rifle

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Scarce Factory Panel Scene Engraved Marlin Ballard No. 6 1/2 Rigby Off-Hand Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500

Scarce Factory Panel Scene Engraved Marlin Ballard No. 6 1/2 Rigby Off-Hand Rifle

Manufacturer: Marlin Firearms Co
Model: Ballard-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 38-55
Barrel: 30 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 752
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 187
Class: Antique

Manufactured from 1880 to 1882. The receiver is decorated with factory engraved scrollwork on a stippled background, heart borders and game scenes in circular panels. The game scene on the left side is an elk, and the game scene on the right side is a buck. Scrolls and heart borders decorated the flats of the chamber. Additional scrollwork appears on the barrel flats at the breech. The left side of the receiver has the two-line Marlin address/Ballard patent marking. The rifle is fitted with a windgauge front sight and a mid-range Vernier tang sight. The highly figured select walnut forearm and pistol grip stock are checkered. The buttstock has a cheek piece and nickel plated Swiss buttplate. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The barrel retains 80% original blue finish with some scattered light patches of pitting visible towards the muzzle. The receiver retains 50% plus original case colors. The engraving is crisp. The wood is fine with some minor dings and scratches and overall crisp checkering with some wear to the forearm. Mechanically excellent.

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